South East Arts Micro Grants Success
South East Arts has awarded 34 Micro Grants to artists and art organisations, providing just over $33,000 to the arts in the region. The funding will support a diverse range of proposals from the purchase of equipment and materials lost in the bushfires, to website development and live streaming gear.
Almost 100 applications were received, highlighting the significant impact that bushfires and COVID-19 have had on artists in the region. South East Arts initially supported the one-off grant round from their public fund and then received additional support from the Bega Valley Regional Gallery, through the Regional Arts Fund, as well as from the Eurobodalla and Snowy Monaro Councils.
“Support from our local councils was fantastic and enabled us to significantly increase the number of recipients for the Micro Grants”, explained Andrew Gray, Executive Director of South East Arts. “As we near the end of the financial year, we welcome any tax deductible donations to our public fund that would enable us to keep providing initiatives like this to support our arts sector”.
While many successful Micro Grant proposals will directly help individual artists, there were a number of projects that aimed to support the community in bushfire recovery and dealing with COVID-19 restrictions. These included an online community choir project, community art exhibitions and arts-focused trauma recovery workshops.
“All the applications highlighted the resilience of our arts sector and the ability for a creative response to adversity. While the grants of up to $1000 are only a small amount in the scheme of things, you can see from the applications that artists will use this to value add and build both social and economic benefit”.
“Because of the large volume of applications, there were many excellent proposals that we were not able to support”, said Andrew Gray “but there continues to be a range of arts funding opportunities for both bushfire and COVID-19 recovery and South East Arts is ready to assist and advise people interested in applying”.
Marketing, in particular improving online promotion, was a common need identified in the Micro Grant round. To assist in this area South East Arts is offering a free Beginners Guide to Marketing webinar to be presented by Creative Plus Business on 24 July. Additionally, Laura Jackson – South East Arts Communications Officer – is regularly available to advise people on website design and effective social media skills.
South East Arts is encouraging any applicants from the Bega Valley area to consider participating in Art Month during July/August. This will be a diverse digital program of exhibitions, workshops, panel discussions, virtual artist studio visits, online tours, exclusive gigs and more. Check out the Bega Valley Regional Gallery website for more information.
*Photograph of The New Graces from Candelo, NSW, taken by Asha Kidd. The New Graces are one of the recipients of the Micro Grants, which will be used towards publicity and promotion of their debut album, Seasons.
Successful South East Arts Micro Grant Recipients
June 2020 Congratulations to the following successful South East Arts Micro Grants Recipients Sharon Mason – Djaadjawan Dancers Carl Taylor Cath Bowdler Cat Wilson Jo Victoria – Jo Victoria Ceramics Elizabeth Walton Anthony Harrison Nat Bateman Allison Walker Sherrie Nye Portia Terlich Alison Simpson – Twofold Aboriginal Corporation Rhonda Ayliffe Justina Legoe – Studio 26 Bermagui Katherine Boland Robyn Martin – The New Graces April Phillips Geoffrey Badger – Bega Valley Youth Choir Heath Cullen Eli Badger Megan Payne Heather Burness Edward Willson – Edward Willson Sculptor Lyndell Jenkins David Ross Macdonald – Pepper Tree Records Louise Morris – Navigate Arts Mica Lynnah – Mica Mahani David (Teejay) Wieruszewski Sam Martin Richard Snashall Mark Salvestro Lisa Hogben – Lisa Hogben Photojournalist Wanda Lach – Snowy Mountains Photography Kelly Chang – Strawberry Field Bags